Sony unveils waterproof phone you can use in the shower

Great news for everyone - except perhaps mobile phone insurance companies - Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone.

Great news for everyone - except perhaps mobile phone insurance companies - Sony has unveiled a waterproof smartphone.

The Xperia Z can be submerged in three feet of water for up to half an hour without damage.

Its makers say it can be dropped in the bath, in puddles - or even taken into the shower.

Other phones such as iPhone are easily damaged by water and impacts. Sony's Xperia Z is covered in tempered glass and anti-shatter film to prevent breakages, but is just 7.9mm thick.


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The gadget was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and follows this year's trend for large phone screens with a five-inch Full HD display.

The phone also offers an extremely high-resolution camera - 13 megapixels, far sharper than iPhone 5's eight megapixel camera.

The Android handset also has an app built-in which extends battery life by shutting down non-essential applications.

Sony claims that the app can extend battery life by up to four times.

The handset also offers a super-fast 4G connection, and a five-inch Full HD 1080p screen.

Sony also offers a built-in music app, Unlimited, which offers access to 18 million songs.

“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications.

“With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market.”